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Solidworks system requirements and compatibility (Windows, Mac and Server)

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Solidworks System Requirements and Compatibility

Computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering tool, Solidworks, is developed by Dassault Systemes and primarily functions on Microsoft Windows, with few programs that can run on macOS, sans official support. If you’re looking to buy a Solidworks product, you should first check out whether your current machine and its configurations will be able to work with the program. Below, we’ve discussed the system requirements and compatibility of Solidworks 2018, 2019, 2020 for Windows, eDrawings 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Mac and Solidworks server projects.

Solidworks products system requirements for Windows

Following are the system requirements for running Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020, followed by the OS compatibility for each program and the supported list of virtual environments, antivirus and graphic cards.

  • Processor: 3.3GHz or higher.
  • RAM: 16GB or higher; 8GB or more for PDM Contributor or Viewer.
  • Graphics card: Check the complete list of certified cards and drivers supported here.
  • Storage drives: SSD recommended.
  • Antivirus: Check the complete list of supported antivirus products here.
  • Microsoft Excel and Word (Solidworks 2018): 2010,2013, 2016.
  • Microsoft Excel and Word (Solidworks 2019, 2020): 2013, 2016, 2019.
  • OS Compatibility (Solidworks 2018): 64-bit Windows 7, SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
  • OS Compatibility (Solidworks 2019, 2020): 64-bit Windows 7 SP1 (end of life SW2020 SP5), and Windows 10.
  • Check the complete list of supported virtual environments here.

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eDrawings system requirements for Mac

Below we’ve listed the OS compatibility for eDrawings versions 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Mac.

  • eDrawings 2018: macOS Sierra (10.12), OS X El Capitan (10.11), OS X Yosemite (10.10).
  • eDrawings 2019: macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Sierra (10.12).
  • eDrawings 2020: macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS Catalina (10.15).

Solidworks server products system compatibility

Following is a list of OS and SQL servers that are compatible with Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020, including those which are nearing the end of life.

  • Windows Server 2019: Solidworks 2019 (SP3) and Solidworks 2020.
  • Windows Server 2016: Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Solidworks 2018 and 2019.
  • Windows Server 2012: Solidworks 2018.
  • SQL 2017: Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • SQL 2016: Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • SQL 2014: Solidworks 2018, 2019 and 2020 (end of life: SW2021 SP5).
  • SQL 2012: Solidworks 2018 and 2019.

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Yatharth Singh

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